[90 Day Fiance Spoilers Warning: This report includes spoilers revealing whether Paul and Karine are still together and the latest about 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? couple.]
Paul, a 35-year-old from Louisville, KY, and Karine, a 23-year-old from Tonantins, Brazil, previously starred on Seasons 1 and 2 of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days as well as Season 1 of 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way.
Paul and Karine met on a dating app and communicated for over a year before Paul decided to fly to Brazil and meet his love interest face to face for the first time.
Despite their culture differences and a language barrier, Paul and Karine fell for each other quickly and got married in 2017.
After suffering through several heartbreaking miscarriages, Karine announced she was pregnant with their first child in October 2018. By the end of the month, Paul and Karine revealed they had a baby boy on the way.
But a baby didn’t exactly bring Paul and Karine closer together. Just before baby Pierre’s birth on March 22, 2019, Karine threatened to file for divorce from Paul because she was tired of fighting with him. Karine also had enough of Paul’s trust issues.
Karine didn’t feel supported or loved, but Paul insisted he was doing everything he could to provide for his wife and be there for her.
90 Day Fiance: The Other Way’s first season featured Karine and her mother leaving Paul behind in Tonantins and traveling to Manaus via boat to file for divorce shortly before Pierre was born.
However, Paul stepped it up in the delivery room and was there for Karine when she gave birth, so she opted to give Paul another chance, especially since love was at the root of their relationship.
Paul and Karine had been married for two years by the time Season 5 of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? filmed. The couple had been in Brazil for over a year but Paul said they were “barely getting by” financially.
Paul and Karine therefore planned to move to the United States so Paul could get a job and make more money. He wanted to give his wife and son a better life.
“It took a lot, but I was able to sponsor Karine on a CR-1 visa, which is a spousal visa and allows Karine to apply and get a two-year Green Card before she even enters America,” Paul told the cameras.
“She already has her Green Card approved; she is a complete permanent resident.”
Karine, however, wasn’t looking forward to leaving Brazil and being so far away from her family. Her spirit was also deflated when she found out Paul’s mother Mary wasn’t going to help them out or give them money.
Mary had said numerous times Paul needed to learn how to stand on his own two feet and be a man.
Once the couple landed in the United States, Paul found a one-bedroom “studio” for his family to move into. The place appeared to be a renovated shed with a little front porch, but Paul cleaned it up nicely and Karine actually liked it.
“Paul is really trying to make me happy. This house is the first step for me to feel comfortable here in the U.S. And right now, it makes me happy,” Karine noted.
But Karine’s happiness didn’t last long because Paul couldn’t find a job thanks to having an arson felony on his record.
“I wouldn’t want to be with somebody who is kind of like a deadbeat,” Mary admitted to her son.
After one month of being in America, Karine was having trouble adjusting to her new life in America, but Paul begged her to be patient with him and give it some time.
“I’ll give you two months to find a job. Otherwise, I’ll pick up Pierre and we’ll leave for Brazil,” Karine told her husband.
Paul told Karine that he loved her and wanted to stay together as a family and so he would do his “very best.” Paul said Karine’s threat broke his heart and he therefore determined, “Failure is not an option for me — whatsoever.”
Not long after Karine made her threat, Paul said his wife was having “a lot of mood swings lately” and tended to lock herself into a room for like five or six hours at a time.
“I just want to find out what I can do to make things better,” Paul explained. “I am emotionally exhausted. It’s one thing after the next, and it’s really difficult.”
Paul acknowledged this was “the worst” he had ever seen Karine and he worried she’d just hop on a plane back to Brazil without him.
Karine then met with an immigration attorney by herself because she said she wasn’t adapting to life in the United States and had been arguing with Paul a lot.
Karine wanted to find out her options and rights in terms of traveling to Brazil alone with her son.
“I have to choose between my husband and my family,” Karine said. “So I don’t know what I’m going to do… But I need somebody to help me. I am desperate.”
The lawyer, Rania Attum, had a Portuguese translator, so Karine was glad she wouldn’t need Paul to translate for her.
Karine explained to the attorney she and her husband weren’t doing well and had been fighting a lot. Karine shared she had set a deadline for Paul finding a job or else she’d go back to Brazil.
Rania admitted Karine’s situation was complicated but Karine had every right to take her baby and go to Brazil. Rania, however, couldn’t promise there wouldn’t be any consequences or resistance if Paul didn’t agree with her decision to leave America.
Karine learned Paul could try to stop her at the airport or put her through court proceedings. Rania therefore asked Karine to really think this one through in order to not make a big mistake.
“I will never stop Paul from seeing Pierre. But it’s a delicate issue. I see that too many fights is not good for me. It’s not good for Paul and it’s definitely not good for Pierre. I just want the best for Pierre, and if that means going back to Brazil, that’s what I’m going to do,” Karine explained.
Paul said he had applied for numerous jobs but hadn’t heard anything back yet, and then Paul freaked out when Karine came clean with him about having met with an immigration lawyer.
Paul was very upset given he had provided Karine with a car, food and cell phone. Paul angrily asked, “You’re going to jump ship?!”
Karine claimed she just needed time with her son and family and Brazil, which Paul called “messed up.”
Paul was afraid to be left alone and lose his family, and so he reminded Karine that he has “50 percent rights to the child.” Paul said he would talk to his lawyer in Brazil and fight this, and Karine replied, “F-ck you!”
Karine attempted to end the conversation before it got worse, but Paul said, “I will prosecute. In Brazil and America, you can’t keep the child from me.”
Karine cried, saying Paul didn’t know when to stop and he had upset her.
Paul apologized and admitted he had taken things “too far.”
“I know if I don’t go back to Brazil, Karine is going to leave me. But I know our lives would be so much better here in America because there are a lot more opportunities here… I am stuck between a rock and a hard place,” Paul explained in a confessional.
Two months then passed since Karine had made her ultimatum, and Paul was still without a job.
Paul took Karine to a water-treatment plant so he could show her what America has to offer and he could maybe even apply for a job there, but once again, he came up empty-handed.
Karine said she didn’t care if America is better than Brazil, and it seemed like nothing would convince her to stay in the United States — except for Paul finding a job.
Paul felt disappointed in himself for not being able to support his family, so he suggested they could compromise and all go back to Brazil together.
Paul said they had enough money to fly to Brazil as a family, and Karine gushed, “I am happy. I’m excited.”
“Giving up and going back to Brazil was not my plan. I wanted to live here [in America] and make a better life for everybody. I did everything I could and I couldn’t make ends meet,” Paul told the cameras.
“I couldn’t make it work. I feel like I failed my family. We’re going back temporarily, but I’m definitely concerned that once we’re in Brazil, Karine is never going to want to come back.”
So did Karine dump Paul and travel to Brazil without him or did she stay in America?
According to Paul, Karine threatened him with divorce both in early September 2019 and again only weeks later.
Paul claimed Karine was angry with his mother for spoiling their son in early September and then told Paul later that month she didn’t want him in her life anymore.
“Karine asked me to remove our photos. And let everyone know that she doesn’t want me in her life,” Paul wrote in a since-deleted Facebook posting from September 27, according to screenshots captured by his followers.
Paul then also wrote a subsequent posting in a mix of Portuguese and English. When translated, the text states, “Karine’s divorce lawyer called me. Guess I need a lawyer.”
Shortly afterward, Paul deleted the second posting as well and then removed most photos of Karine from his page.
The couple appeared to be at peace for another month or so, and they celebrated their second wedding anniversary in early November 2019.
But later that month, the pair openly discussed filing for divorce, once again.
Paul claimed Karine had “started divorce proceedings in Manaus,” and Karine told Us Weekly on November 12 that she was “looking for a lawyer.”
“Over the course of our Christmas dinner Paul and Karine broke up, got back together, broke up, got back together, broke up and this just in — are back together. Stay tuned for more on this developing story,” 90 Day Fiance Instagrammer John Yates posted on December 25.
In December 2019, Paul alleged Karine had taken off with their baby and was with a new man named Blake. He also said Karine was demanding a divorce again at the time.
But fast-forward to 2020, Paul posted an Instagram video on May 19 of a bike he had purchased and was putting together for Karine.
That same month, Paul also took to Instagram to happily announce Karine’s pregnancy with Baby No. 2. It appeared Karine was already several months along into her pregnancy at the time.
In June 2019, Karine posted a photo of Paul playing with Pierre in late June and captioned it, “Happy Father’s Day.” She also added a blue heart to her post.
So did Karine and Paul work through their issues and stay together?
Paul and Karine’s relationship took a dramatic turn for the worse in July 2020, when Paul lashed out at Karine on Instagram for allegedly calling Paul a “horrible father and husband” and threatening to move their son Pierre back to Brazil.
Paul took to Instagram on July 15 with the angry message to Karine and quickly deleted it afterward, but Yates captured a screenshot of the rant and posted it on his own account.
Paul blasted Karine in saying, “Yelling at me in public calling me horrible father and husband. We spend every penny we have on bills and designer [clothes] and video games for you. I did not buy anything for myself.”
“I made sure you and Pierre had everything you all could possibly want and I bought nothing for myself. I try to show my family USA History and I get shunned. Because only your country and culture matter,” Paul continued.
“I take you to the hospital and stay by your side, make sure [you’re] at all your doctors appointments and let you spend all your money only on what you want — but I am a Bad Father and Husband you yell in public… I also never ever cheated on you.”
“But I understand you want to take Pierre to Tonantins and live because I am such a horrible person,” he concluded.
The pair appeared to briefly reconcile for about two weeks, but then things changed and Paul and Karine went on to have what appeared to be the worst fight of their relationship.
On July 30, Paul posted a lengthy Instagram Live video in which he and Karine had both made assault allegations against each other and Karine had called the police on her husband.
Paul said he wanted to file for full custody of their son Pierre after Karine allegedly cheated on Paul and violated a Child Protective Services case against her.
During the Instagram Live video, an apparent friend of Karine’s also told the police Karine wanted to be taken to a “shelter” where someone could “help her.”
The woman said Karine depended on Paul — who seemed to be holding Karine’s passport and other documents — for everything, including money, and so Karine basically didn’t have a way out.
Later that night, at around 4AM on Friday, Paul posted another video on his Instagram Stories and seemed to claim the police were called again.
“I apologize to you guys for earlier. It’s been crazy here. I did not get arrested. The cops did come back,” Paul said.
“We had a storm and Karine got on her cell phone and called the police because the WIFI disconnected. She said I was halting her communications… which didn’t make any sense to me because she had her phone the whole time and the WIFI just randomly went out.”
“Sometimes Internet goes out in our houses — it happens right?! But you’re going to call the cops? For that? The cops weren’t too happy about it.”
Paul added it’s “been stressful” for the couple and they “need prayers.”
“I don’t want Pierre in dangerous situations,” he said. “Pierre has been in a very dangerous situation before and that’s why things happened.”
Paul subsequently made additional Instagram postings, reportedly, in which he claimed Karine had gone “missing” with Pierre while he was in the hospital being treated for a STD. He seemed to blame the alleged STD on Karine for allegedly cheating on him after she arrived in Kentucky.
“I’ve never cheated on Karine, ever, but apparently I’ve tested positive for an STD and they are giving me treatment for me,” Paul said in one video.
A couple of hours later, Paul then reportedly claimed Karine had filed a “full restraining order” against him and posted photos showing a copy of the order Karine had filed against him.
“I’m not allowed to be around her or my son, within 500 feet of them at all,” he said.
Paul subsequently made surprising claims about his estranged wife in his own protective order he had filed against Karine on July 30.
“I previously found glass in my food,” Paul alleged in court documents obtained by Us. “I found similar glass shards from an item she broke.”
Paul also alleged that Karine’s friends were calling him with death threats.
“[They are] threatening to come to my home and kill me. They requested I pay them $10,000 or I would never see my son again,” Paul reportedly claimed, adding that Karine allowed Pierre to “run in the street [and] get into the chemical cabinets.”
“I fear for my wife’s safety and mental well-being. I fear for my son’s safety,” Paul concluded.
A judge therefore reportedly ordered Karine to stop all communication with Paul and stay 500 feet away from him at all times.
Karine’s made jaw-dropping allegations against Paul when filing her protective order
Karine publicly confirmed in early August that she had left Paul and obtained an emergency protective order against him.
Karine said she wasn’t “missing” but needed to be “rescued from an environment” that was no longer healthy for her and her child, adding on Instagram, “Relationships are hard and sometimes it just can’t be fixed anymore.”
Karine’s protective order included an array of shocking claims — including that Paul had physically assaulted her, sexually assaulted her, and prevented her doctor from prescribing contraception to her.
In the emergency protection order application Paul had shared on social media, Karine claimed Paul “forcefully rapes me,” “hold[s] my Green Card and all my documents,” monitors her phone, uses cameras to monitor her on his phone when he is not home, has forced her to drink beer while pregnant, and has forbidden Karine’s doctor from prescribing birth control to her.
“On multiples occasions in the past 3 weeks the respondent pushed me, grab my breast squ[ee]zing and twisting, hurting me, pushing me to the floor, covering my mouth. He force his penis into my mouth and forcefully rapes me. If I refuse he throws things, he yells, or he threat[ens] to call police,” Karine wrote in the handwritten two-page application.
“He currently hold[s] my Green Card and all my documents. I am not allowed to leave the house, he monitor[s] my phone, he [has] cameras around the house and he can see through his phone who arrives and who leaves. He threat[ens] take out son Pierre away if I ever leave. He forced me to drink alcohol by threat[ing] me so I drunk some so he calm down.”
Karine continued, with the help of a language translator, “He is constantly on social media making videos of me against my will saying I am crazy, saying I have mental illness. Recently he called [Child Protective Services] and told [them] I was always drunk, aggressive, and abusive to him.”
“He post on social media [that] I have [cheated with] several [men] even knowing that he [has] cameras around the house and I can’t leave. I have no access to money for my son or myself.”
“I went to the doctor to try [and] get contraceptive,” she wrote. “In the doctor’s office he said ‘no’ because I would be doing an abortion. The doctor explained the contraceptive was only for preventing [pregnancy] and I would not get pregnant [but] Paul said ‘no’ and took me home.”
According to her application, Paul also refused to let her return home to Brazil but she feared she still wouldn’t even be safe in her native country.
“I came to U.S. to visit my in-laws and now he [does] not let me go back. We got married in Brazil, not in U.S.,” she wrote. “When I ask to go back to me family he threat[ens] [to] take my son away.”
“I am terrified he will hurt me or hurt my son because I runned away from him and I am even afraid to go back to Brazil now because He Can go to Brazil and hurt us.”
Karine ended her application by stating she was also afraid of Paul’s mother Mary and wanted no contact with any of his family or friends.
“I have my family in Brazil but I don’t feel that law enforcement will protect me from him there,” she wrote. “I am afraid of him and his mother because his mother knows and sees what he does and she refused [to] report her son. I have witnessed him threat[en] and being violent with his own mother.”
“I do not want any contact with or his mother, his friends or family. I do not want them close, I am afraid of them hurt[ing] my son for revenge.
Paul denied Karine’s shocking allegations of assault and abuse in August
Paul took to his Instagram Stories on August 10 to shoot down the claims Karine had made in her protective order filing.
“It truley [sic] breaks my heart it has come to this. I have bent over backwards. I found work. Got a new home. A new car. Let her buy anything she wanted. I did the cooking, cleaning, laundry and took care of Pierre,” Paul wrote in his Instagram Stories.
“I have never in my life physically or sexually assaulted anyone.”
Paul has claimed for quite some time that Karine has mental health issues, and so he addressed his beliefs in the message to his followers.
“I have made motions to the court for Karine to get mental help. I have had to double up on my therapy to cope with this madness,” Paul wrote.
“Her motion against me with false allegations is for a 3 year restraining order against me and both my children. Alimony and child support. But I can not see her or my children at all.”
One day later, Paul vented about how social media has basically ruined his life.
“I will be deactivating all my social media accounts soon. My social media addiction has caused me nothing but pain. It is time people put their phones and social media down and focus on your loved ones,” Paul wrote.
“Do not allow social media to destroy your relationships and family. I never knew my heart could feel such pain. I always took for granted my son would be around me every day… I never want to date or remarry [or] to ever feel this pain again. To not be a part of your childrens life born and unborn is beyond painful.”
Paul continued in his Instagram Stories posting, “I regret oversharing private matters on social media and to other people. I regret taking for granted my family would be together for ever and live happily ever after,” Paul lamented.
Paul advised other men to treat their wives and children well and to “listen, forgive” and “not hold grudges” in relationships.
“But most of all, keep your marital problems private,” Paul concluded.
“This is a pain no one should have to endure. Not knowing if my children [are] ok. If and when I might see them again. I forgive all those in my life who have ever made false accusations against me.”
Also in August, Paul posted a photo of little Pierre on Instagram and captioned it, “No Matter Where You Are I Will Always Love & Cherish You.”
As of early September, the bio in Paul’s Instagram account reads, “God please grant me a miracle,” but the sentence is written in Portuguese.
Following a three-week break from social media, Paul took to his Instagram Stories to reveal he was in Brazil and Karine was in Indiana.
“For everyone thinking I am chasing karine in Brazil. Karine is in Indiana, USA. I came here alone to clean and organize our brazil home. It needs to be sanitary and baby safe,” Paul wrote.
“I have been keeping busy since she left. I finished cleaning and organizing USA house so now I am doing the same thing in Brazil. All my work is on the internet so as long as I have internet I can be anywhere. Even court is on the internet these days.”
Paul then switched topics from his current location to the fact he’s been missing his family.
“My life revolved around them. I have not seen my son since July. Next court date is now in December. I will not see my sons for a very long time,” Paul continued.
“So I am keeping busy and constructive. Karine is not in Brazil. I knew that when I traveled here. Now my mother is having a mental breakdown because she is also forbidden to see Pierre. I have lost my sons.”
Paul clearly confirmed Karine is pregnant with another boy because he wrote “sons” multiple times.
Paul went on to suggest he’s doing everything possible to keep his mind off being alone.
“I just want to stay busy and be productive. I have to accept the fact I will probably never see my wife and son again. Or see the birth or ever see my unborn child,” Paul wrote.
“That being said, I think I am mentally doing what is best — staying constructive and busy.”